If there are already two (or more) adults living in the property, taking in a lodger wont change your council tax.
However, if youre currently living alone, taking in a lodger could affect your council tax. Council tax is chargeable on the property (not per person), but if you currently benefit from the single persons council tax discount of 25%, taking in a lodger means youll lose this.
There are some exceptions though. Youll still qualify for your discount if your lodger is one of the following:
- In full-time education
- Already paying council tax somewhere else (this can apply to Monday to Friday lodgers)
- Receiving certain benefits
When it comes to Monday-Friday lodgers it's best to check in advance as it doesn't necessarily mean you'll keep your discount. Speak to your local authority first to be on the safe side.
What can you do to reduce the effect?
You can cover the increase in council tax by charging a little more rent, but think about this before taking in a lodger rather than afterwards (obviously).
Whatever the situation, if you currently live alone and take in a lodger youll need to inform your local authority.